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The Math of Fixed-Scope Multi-team Release Planning

One team, one product, one product backlog. Release planning on that scale is simple!  Let’s see why. Take a hypothetical project where we estimate about 200 points worth of work in our product backlog. Assume that our team’s average velocity is 20 points per sprint. Obviously…

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Done-Done the Crutch of the Undone

Some teams use two definitions of done: “done” and “done-done.” Somehow done-done is supposed to be more done than done! Teams shouldn’t need two different terms, but I have to admit to using both terms with my son and his homework.

I used to ask my son if he was done with…

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Demystifying Product Backlog Concepts

As I engage different teams I have noted a lack of clarity surrounding product backlog concepts. Although there is no universally accepted vocabulary for labeling product backlog-related things, there should at least be agreement on the basic concepts. The goal of this blog is…

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The Anatomy of a Keynote Speech

I get a lot of questions about speaking, including how I prepare, how I engage the audience, and so on. For example, in May 2014 I gave the opening keynote presentation at the Global Scrum Gathering in New Orleans. Immediately after I completed my speech (and continuously…

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